1975 It was not his defining game for certain, but Joe Torre of the New York Mets grounded into four double plays in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros. Felix Millan had four singles but was wiped out each time by Torre.
Doc Medich of the Texas Rangers saved the life of a 61-year-old fan who had a heart attack before a game against the Orioles at Baltimore. Medich, a med student, administered heart massage until help arrived.
Johnny Bench broke Yogi Berra’s record for home runs by a catcher as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Montreal Expos 12-7. Bench hit his 314th homer as a catcher off David Palmer. Bench had thirty-three home runs while playing other positions.
The first nighttime All-Star Game, at Shibe Park, went to the AL, 5-3, despite a single, triple and home run by NL center fielder Vince DiMaggio of the Pirates. The big blow was a three-run homer by Bobby Doerr of the Red Sox, which gave the AL the lead for good.
1989 Bo Jackson and Wade Boggs lead off the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back home runs off Rick Reuschel to spark the American League to a 5-3 win in the All-Star Game at Anaheim Stadium. Jackson earns MVP honors.
1949 Monte Irvin and Hank Thompson are the first blacks to play for the Giants. Thompson—the first black to play for the St. Louis Browns (in 1947)—starts at 2B, and Irvin pinch-hits in the 8th. When Thompson steps in against Don Newcombe, it is the first time in MLB that a black pitcher and hitter have faced off.
1970 Detroit’s Joe Niekro no-hits the Yankees until Horace Clarke singles in the 9th inning as the Tigers win 5-0. This is the third time in a month that Clarke has busted a no-hitter, having spoiled bids by Royals Jim Rooker (June 4) and Red Sox Sonny Siebert (June 19).